The words confectionary, confectionery sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do confectionary, confectionery sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: confectionary, confectionery are homophones of the English language.
A confectioner's shop; a confectionery.
Sweet preparations; confections.
Obsolete A confectioner.
Candies and other confections considered as a group.
The skill or occupation of a confectioner.
A confectioner's shop.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.